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J Adolesc Health. 2012 Nov;51(5):409-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.08.003.

Special requirements for electronic medical records in adolescent medicine.

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Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.

Abstract

Adolescents are a group likely to seek and, perhaps, most likely to benefit from electronic access to health information. Despite significant advances in technical capabilities over the past decade, to date neither electronic medical record vendors nor many health care systems have adequately addressed the functionality and process design considerations needed to protect the confidentiality of adolescent patients in an electronic world. We propose a shared responsibility for creating the necessary tools and processes to maintain the adolescent confidentiality required by most states: (1) system vendors must provide key functionality in their products (adolescent privacy default settings, customizable privacy controls, proxy access, and health information exchange compatibility), and (2) health care institutions must systematically address relevant adolescent confidentiality policies and process design issues. We highlight the unique technical and process considerations relevant to this patient population, as well as the collaborative multistakeholder work required for adolescent patients to experience the potential benefits of both electronic medical records and participatory health information technology.

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